By on August 4, 2015

Neither snow nor rain nor avalanche

Treasured lessons from history are valued for their ability to frame perspective — and show us how little things really change in Wyoming.

Joyce Driggs Edlefsen penned a nice piece for Teton Valley News titled, “Mail carriers meet with tragedy.” The commute has never been easy, or safe. Well-maintained roads are taken for granted now, but the ride over the bump for mailmen was anything but routine back in the day.

Photos recently donated by the Curtis family to the Teton Valley Museum show the hardships involved in getting letters from Victor to Jackson. The Curtis family once owned the Curtis Stage Stop at the foot of the Idaho side of the pass.

Edlefsen is also a volunteer at the museum. She suggested B.W. Driggs’ “The History of Teton Valley” would be a good read for those wanting to learn more about the harsh and sometimes deadly life of Teton Pass mail carriers. Frank Parsons Jr., 21, was caught in an avalanche near Trail Creek in 1905, while carrying the mail. Clarence Curtis, 25, died in an avalanche Jan. 18, 1913, while transporting the mail.

Clinton Holes up again

Watchful eyes spotted Bill Clinton in downtown Jackson last weekend. The former president greeted tourists between shopping at Valley Bookstore and coffee at Starbucks. News&Guide shutterbug Bradly Boner caught the prez pressing the flesh on the Town Square Sunday.

Clinton has made it a habit of spending time in Jackson Hole including a 17-day vacation to the valley in 1995.

“Two years after he nearly came here on his first Presidential vacation, Bill Clinton arrived today in this cool, clean, cloudless valley where moose are moose, mountains are mountains and the word that goes naturally with whitewater is rafting, not hearing,” Todd Purdum wrote in The New York Times on Aug. 16, 1995.

Bill and Hillary spent a glorious two weeks in Jackson Hole while daughter Chelsea was at camp in Alaska that year. White House spokesman Michael D. McCurry told the Times: “He’s going to be on vacation; he’s not going to pretend otherwise. He plans to hike and camp and raft. He’s looking forward to horseback riding.”

Chin up in Big Apple

Jackson Hole alpinist Jimmy Chin, 41, was immortalized in a caricature by the venerated New Yorker magazine last week in their “Pipsters” column.

“Two years ago, Jimmy Chin, a prominent climber and photographer from Jackson, Wyoming, married a New Yorker, a documentary filmmaker named Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi. They had a daughter,” wrote Nick Paumgerten. “Now Vasarhelyi lives with the child on Park Avenue, while Chin lives in Jackson, to the extent that he can be said to live anywhere. But he is so often in New York these days, for regular conjugal stints, that he risks developing an opinion of Mayor de Blasio. For a man of the mountains, the city can be claustrophobic – how many times can a guy jog around Central Park? – but such are the wages of love.”

Binger scouted

The Scout Guide ran a feature on designer Kate Binger on Friday. Binger, owner of an interior design business and home store called Dwelling, explained her move to the valley.

“I was working for a commercial design firm in L.A. and came here to bid a job for an office in 2006,” she told TSG. “I had been looking to get out of Los Angeles and fell in love with Jackson Hole right away. I took six months wrapping up my LA projects and then moved directly to JH.”

Binger also divulged her favorite things to do: hiking with her dogs and husband and chowing down on the Bistro’s mac ‘n’ cheese.

DEQ backs crappier creeks

Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality’s decision to ease up on acceptable E. Coli levels in smaller, tributary streams in the state is raising some eyebrows across Wyoming and beyond.

DEQ lowered water quality standards in some 88,000 miles of streams in Wyoming in a recent reclassification plan issued last week. The measure still needs EPA approval. A meeting allowing public input is scheduled for Sept. 16 in Casper. PJH

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